Fuji Maru docks in Dubai

Guest Writer

Fuji Maru, a cruise ship carrying 300 youths from 13 countries including the UAE under an international programme to propagate the message of peace and co-existence, docked in Dubai on February 8.

A traditional Arabian-style welcome reception was organised at the soon-to-be-opened Dubai Cruise Terminal operated by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

Dubai Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum attended the reception. It was also attended by senior Emirati officials, including Mr. Hamad bin Mejren, DTCM Executive Director Business Tourism, Mr. Ibrahim Yaqoot, DTCM Executive Director Corporate Support, and Mr. Jamal Humaid Al Falasi, Director of Dubai Cruise Terminal, Mr. Ibrahim Abdul Malik, Secretary General of Youth and Sports in Dubai, and the Japanese ambassador to UAE, Mr. Tatsuo Watanabe.

The 23,340-tonne, 20-year-old cruise ship had youth leaders from 13 countries including the UAE and Arab states under the programme which aims to create better understanding and international cooperation among the youths of ASEAN countries and Japan to identify and study various activities in a country from the aspect of lifestyle, social, traditional culture, political and economic development.

The Japanese enjoy thanked Dubai Crown Prince for hosting the ship of the world youth.

Pictured: Mr. Hamad bin Mejren presented a memento to H.H Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum reflecting the rich marine history of the emirate.  Traditional local music band performed at the venue, while a mini Heritage Village was created to highlight the rich traditions and culture of Dubai. The visitors were offered dates and Arabic coffee as part of the hospitality programme. They undertook a desert safari programme.

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